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iTunes, Lack of Space? External Drive Question

2262 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Apr 29, 2012 1:52 AM by zteve87 RSS
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Apr 18, 2012 2:48 PM

Hello All,


I recently made the genius decision of selling my iMac, and am now down to my Macbook Air with 128GB Flash Drive. I did back up my iTunes Library to an external drive before selling the iMac, but my iTunes Library is oveer 500GB. Does anyone know how I can use my iTunes Library on my air using the external drive?


I had one person tell me to import my iTunes library onto my air and then set it to use the external drive for storage, but I do not have neough space to copy the library on here.




Thank you,

Brandon Gedler

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Kunten Calculating status...
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    Apr 19, 2012 12:27 AM (in response to Luv4Apple)
  • Kunten Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Apr 23, 2012 4:35 AM (in response to Luv4Apple)

    Strange, I have just used this, not more than 2 days ago on my MacBook Air.


    I will admit, that the timing of the keypress is vital (iTunes starts really fast from a SSD drive), but I had no problems getting iTunes to open a library stored on a networked drive this way.


    You must also be sure that iTunes is properly closed when atempting this, ie. the "light" under the icon in the dock must be off.

  • ezollars Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
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    Apr 23, 2012 8:20 AM (in response to Luv4Apple)

    If you aren't getting the prompt to select a library, you might try holding down the Option key before you start up iTunes.  As Kunten notes, on an SSD program start-up is really quick, so it's tough to start the program and then get the Option key down in time--but if you hold the Option key down while starting iTunes it should "take" and you should be able to at least create a new library on the external and import into there even so long as the media files are all out there.  Be sure iTunes is looking to store its files on the external drive if you do have it search there, so it doesn't try and copy the files back onto the SSD.


    I haven't done any moving of iTunes libraries in a while, so I don't recall the procedure to actually try and move your library data onto a new drive and with a new computer if you want to preserve the ratings and the like.  I use iCloud and iTunes Match now so at this point setting up a new computer has become simply pointing it to that--but, obviously, there's a cost to iTunes Match (as well as the problem of being somewhere that it is offered to begin with).

  • zteve87 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Apr 29, 2012 1:52 AM (in response to Luv4Apple)

    This worked for me


    I use iTunes on my Macbook Air but have all the libraries stores on an external drive connected to an airport extreme



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